HPMI JOINT INITIATIVES WITH SHOBHIT UNIVERSITY
In India, there are about 263 Million people (54.6%) engaged in the agriculture sector, and over 50 % of them are agricultural labourers (Census, 2011). According to the IAMR (2013) Report, the Total Agricultural Workers are expected to decline to 190 million by 2022, with an expected decline of 33%. In India, 90 % of current jobs in agriculture are “skill based” where only about 6 % of work force has received vocational training. There is thus a pronounced “skill gap” both in terms of quality and quantity. According to Agricultural Skill Council of India (ASCI)'s Report on L a b o u r Ma r k e t I n f o r ma t i o n Sy s t em ( h t t p :// a s c iindia.com/pdf/Report-on-LMIS.pdf), there exists a “substantial gap between supply and demand gaps in Dairy, fisheries and horticulture which are future engines of growth in agriculture sector”: -
- Dairy sector: about 600,000 dairy personnel (diploma holder) in milk procurement;
- Fisheries Sector: about 500, 000 personnel;
- Poultry Sector: about 100,000 (Layer Farming) and 100,000 Broiler Farming).
The Skill Development and Entrepreneurship programme is a “Mission on Skill, Speed, Scale and Sync” with the Prime Minister's Call on “Make in India” Programme. Skill development is the key to increasing productivity, empowering the farming community and consolidating competitiveness of the agriculture and food sector. Modern technologies and efficient cultivation methods are essential for ensuring sustainable growth in agriculture. Educating Youths in farming practices is both a challenge and a tremendous opportunity.
In view of this importance, the Centre for Agribusiness and Disaster Management Studies (CADMS) of the University has announced a regular one day workshop on selected weekends on selected areas of agriprenureship to empower and sensitize the Youths on Agripreneurship for employment / self-employment, with following main objectives: -
- Capacity building and empowerment of young dynamic graduates for efficient management of agriculture sector (including disaster management), and
- Providing a complete assistance and hand holding support for taking up self-employment option
In sectors such as horticulture, dairy, poultry, apiculture and agro forestry, Women Entrepreneurs are developing faster. Concepts and Principles of e-Commerce, e-Business, e-Auctioning, e-Tendering and e-Marketing, and their applications to agri-business need to be understood. Skill development and Competency development, are essential for the stakeholders in the agricultural value system: Warehousing, logistics, pledging, clearing and settlement all based on digitalization. CADMS has planned to launch short-duration and certificate courses to meet to growing demand in agri-business sector.